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Fall 2017 Seminar: Time after Time: A contemporary reading of Heidegger’s “Being and Time”

This is a four­teen-week sem­i­nar with Michael Pelias.

Mar­tin Heidegger’s clas­sic 1927 (unfin­ished) trea­tise has become the source of enor­mous influ­ence (exis­ten­tial­ism, exis­ten­tial Marx­ism, decon­struc­tion, French psy­cho­analy­sis, com­par­a­tive lit­er­a­ture, archi­tec­ture, and the plas­tic and spa­tial arts) in 20th and ear­ly 21st cen­tu­ry thought and prac­tice. Along­side the text’s pro­duc­tive and inspir­ing range, it has also pro­voked great con­tro­ver­sy as a doc­u­ment of “the con­ser­v­a­tive rev­o­lu­tion” in Ger­many of the 1920s and 1930s, lead­ing some con­tem­po­rary thinkers to advo­cate for its cen­sor­ship and/or to read it–along with Heidegger’s oth­er work–as direct­ly cor­rel­a­tive to the Third Reich. This will be faced square­ly, and many left cri­tiques ( from Lukacs and Adorno to Bour­dieu) will be exam­ined with­out dilut­ing the intrin­sic rich­ness of Heidegger’s attempt to rewrite ontol­ogy, as well as his attempt to think out­side of (and over­come) the Judaeo-Chris­t­ian tra­di­tion and the “wrong turn” made in Rome.

In this course, we will first sit­u­ate the text in its his­toric­i­ty and with­in the West­ern philo­soph­i­cal tra­di­tion. We will then engage in a close inter­nal read­ing of the text, empha­siz­ing the ques­tion of “Why ontol­ogy today?”, and ask whether it pos­sess mean­ing and direc­tion for us. The read­ing will be a retrospective–prospective one that empha­sizes: 1) da-sein in every­day life, 2) what is hermeneu­tics?, 3) the exis­ten­tial ana­lyt­ic, 4) the struc­ture of care and inter­pre­ta­tion of our expe­ri­ence and 5) the epoch we inhab­it under the hori­zon of tem­po­ral­i­ty, and last­ly 6) giv­en the spir­it of our time, Being and Time as a cru­cial text for under­stand­ing the increas­ing inau­then­tic­i­ty of the polit­i­cal and philo­soph­i­cal con­di­tions of our moment.

The Sem­i­nar will begin on Octo­ber 7th at 1pm.

Long Island Uni­ver­si­ty — Brook­lyn Cam­pus. Human­i­ties Build­ing, 2nd floor, Room H‑222 in the Media Arts Department.

From Sat­ur­day, Octo­ber 14th, the sem­i­nar will meet at the Idea Fac­to­ry in Man­hat­tan (2067 Broad­way, 2nd Floor – front room, between 71st and 72nd Streets.), start­ing at 3:15pm. Spe­cif­ic details on times and loca­tion will be post­ed on our Cal­en­dar of Events page.

Live Stream: Sem­i­nar ses­sions will be streamed live on our YouTube page at: https://​www​.youtube​.com/​c​h​a​n​n​e​l​/​U​C​W​W​7​d​H​Z​e​O​C​2​J​g​o​k​Q​S​r​m​c​g​P​g​/​l​ive

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